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Sexual Misconduct Allegations and Your Reputation: What You Need to Know

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

Recently, a Facebook post about Brock Turner moving back to Dayton, Ohio has gone viral. Brock Turner was notoriously dubbed the “Stanford Rapist” back in 2015 when he was charged with sexually assaulting a woman at Stanford University and required to register with the sex offender registry. While Turner has been living in Ohio for the last few years, some speculate that his recent address change incited a location update on the registry, causing a renewed interest in his case. Unfortunately, this had lead to nearly minute-by-minute tracking of his location through social media as he goes about his daily life.

As Turner now understands, sexual misconduct allegations can not only wreak havoc on your reputation, but on your right to privacy and freedom of movement. If you or someone you love has been accused of sexual misconduct while in college, Attorney Joseph D. Lento and Lento Law Firm can help.

Sexual Misconduct Allegations and Your Reputation

Anyone can be accused of sexual misconduct; no one is invincible. Because of this, the allegations can be hard to shake even after being found not responsible. Your reputation is, essentially, made up of what others think about you. It is an opinion and completely subjective. When you are accused, or even convicted, of sexual misconduct by your university, what other people think about you and the situation will make up your reputation.

For instance, classmates may start to ostracize you, your place in Greek life might be rescinded, or your spot on an intramural sports team could be revoked – all because people are afraid to be around you based on your reputation.

Their perception is your reputation. If people perceive you to be a sexual predator, that's who you will be in their eyes, even if you get straight A's, work in a soup kitchen every Sunday, and offer free tutoring services.

How an Attorney-Advisor Can Help

When you go off to college, you never expect to find yourself in front of a disciplinary committee discussing allegations of sexual misconduct. But when this happens, you need to remember that these allegations can have a lasting effect on your reputation, even beyond your time in college.

For instance, for students who are punished with suspensions or expulsions, those punishments are placed on your final transcript. When you try to apply to a new school later, you will have to explain why they are there, which can make getting admission to a new school quite difficult. Additionally, even if the charges are dropped, the incident can follow you into life outside of college – especially in this day and age when everything is memorialized on social media. You need a strong defense.

Attorney Joseph D. Lento and Lento Law Firm have helped college students around the country deal with the negative aspects of sexual misconduct allegations. They understand how important your professional and personal reputation are and will work tirelessly to ensure you do not suffer any unnecessary consequences. Call 888-535-3686 today or schedule a consultation online.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.

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